Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers has a large selection of opal jewelry ranging from vintage rings to vintage earrings and more!
A change of season calls for a change of colors with October’s opal birthstone.
Opals, classified as precious gemstones and sedimentary stones, are formations of non-crystalline silica gel. Known mostly for their often brilliant color display, no two opals are alike due to a variable interplay in their internal structure.
Franco Cozza and his sister Isabella saved up money to buy their mother’s 50th birthday gift from Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers!
A full piggy bank can go a long way towards getting a diamond for Mom!
Here at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, we recently had the pleasure of serving two of our youngest customers, Franco and Isabella Cozza, who had diligently saved a little over $100 to help pay for their mother’s 50th birthday present.
Gaze into the deep blue this September with the beloved sapphire birthstone!
A variety of the mineral corundum, sapphire is the second hardest gemstone next to diamonds. Although it’s commonly thought that sapphires form exclusively in their recognizable blue hue, they actually occur in all nearly colors of the rainbow including white, green, pink and yellow. Corundum gemstones with a vivid red tint, however, are identified as the sapphire’s sister stone, the ruby.
All watches can tell time, but how about one that shows you the phases of the moon while also accounting for leap years, completely automatically and mechanically?
Blancpain’s perpetual calendar watches do it all!
The mechanical memory in a Blancpain watch with a perpetual calendar can automatically store and display the day, date, month and current moon phase perpetually, without any manual correction. A miniscule satellite gear wheel takes exactly four years for its calendar to finish a complete rotation before it causes the watch to display February 29 to mark a leap year.
After every wedding proposal comes the inevitable question, “When are you getting married?”
For most couples, choosing a date can be quite stressful. What colors do you want? Is a specific vendor available that day? Will it be an outdoor or indoor affair? All of these questions become an influencing factor to actually setting the date.
Though some brides choose a date that has a special meaning behind it, many brides base it off of more logistical reasons such as weather and travel arrangements, as well as vendor availability and financial reservations. Summer months, therefore, are usually favored for weddings with June being the most popular wedding month.
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Beyoncé definitely wanted her husband to make a “big” statement and wear a watch with a “bang!”
Back in December, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z was gifted a $5 million, one-of-a-kind Hublot “Big Bang” watch by his superstar wife, Beyoncé.
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Memento Mori, in Latin means “Remember your mortality” or “Remember you will die.” It reminds people of their mortality, and to live a good life because death can strike without any warning.
Mourning dress was expressed in the 17th and 18th centuries but it wasn’t until the death of Prince Albert in 1861 that it became popular. Queen Victoria proceeded to wear mourning dress and a piece of his hair for the next 40 years and required her court to do the same. This soon filtered down to all the classes as an expression of dignity, respect and momento mori. There were different stages and lengths of morning depending on your relationship to the deceased. Mourning dress had become a fashionable practice and women were quite interested in wearing attractive dress and jewelry.
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